Priti Patel approves the extradition of Julian Assange to the US.

The extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the United States to face criminal charges was accepted by British Home Secretary Priti Patel on Friday, bringing the long-running legal battle to a partial end. 

Priti Patel approves the extradition of Julian Assange to the US.

U.S. officials are wanting to charge Assange on 18 counts, including one for espionage, in connection with the publication by WikiLeaks of massive quantities of classified military and diplomatic documents and cable communications, which Washington claims placed people’s lives at risk. 

Anti-establishment hero: His supporters claim he has been unfairly prosecuted because he revealed US misconduct in Afghanistan and Iraq and that his trial is an attack on journalism and free speech that is politically motivated. 

After the Home Office announced that Assange’s extradition had been accepted, his wife Stella stated he would appeal.

In a statement by the Home Office, they said: “In this case, the UK courts have not found that it would be oppressive, unjust or an abuse of process to extradite Mr Assange”.

“Nor have they found that extradition would be incompatible with his human rights, including his right to a fair trial and to freedom of expression, and that whilst in the U.S. he will be treated appropriately, including in relation to his health.”

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